Improvements on SH 145 Cortez to Dolores, Bridge Work Continues

Mary 9, 2014 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - MONTEZUMA COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Skanska Civil USA West Rocky Mountain District, Inc., continue work on the SH 145 Dolores River Bridge, and progress with highway patching along the SH 145 corridor between Cortez and Dolores. This coming week, the work zone shifts to mile point 7.12, about a half a mile south of County Road T.

The project, contracted to Skanska for $5.7 million, extends from the junction with US 160 in Cortez (Mile Point 0) over the Dolores River Bridge (MP 9.4). The project will accomplish the following:   resurface the roadway, providing a leveling course to smooth the surface and correct rough roadway; patch and improve drainage in damaged areas; rehabilitate the bridge deck, including weather-proofing and new bridge rail; correct the curve at CR P; and install ADA ramps at sidewalks on SH 145 in Cortez.

The work will greatly improve highway condition and smoothness and extend the life of this stretch of roadway.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Crews began work in late March and the project is scheduled for completion in late August. Work continues at the Dolores River Bridge and traffic is still in a single-lane, alternating configuration 24/7 controlled with temporary signal. This is likely to last through May. As the patching and repairs continue along the corridor in preparation for asphalt resurfacing, there will be single-lane, alternating traffic, between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Motorists are encouraged to review CDOT’s lane closure reports online at

PROJECT INFORMATION/COMMENTS: (970) 882-8842 (or see lane closure link, above).

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